Columbus, Ohio is the Number One High Tech City In America
Columbus, Ohio, is the top city in its class in its ability to attract and grow tech talent.— Tim Feran, 7/6/2016
Famous Wendy's Hamburgers HQ in Columbus and Dublin
Columbus, Bastion of Technology
The capital of the Buckeye State is home to tech giants and startups that include technologies in aerospace, automobiles, communications, computer information, healthcare, manufacturing, sustainable energy, and more.
Batelle Memorial Institute, Tech Leader Worldwide
Columbus was named by Forbes.com as the Number One Up and Coming High Tech City in America in 2010, because of Battelle Memorial Institute and its partners. The high ranking designation has stuck for many years.
The main facility of this company is located in the state capital and the full compliment of campuses has been named as the Number One Largest Research Institute in the state.
In 1997, Battelle ran just one research laboratory for the US Department of Energy, with a budget for a year of only $1 Billion (not exorbitant when considering costs).
In 2008, the company had grown to manage seven large laboratories and numerous global installations for the US Federal Government in several departments. The combined budget was now $4 billion annually, an increase of 400% in only 10 years.
Battelle initiates and develops the foundation research and startup of almost every new technology in America. Company specialties are Life Sciences and Energy, including sustainable energy, bio-engineering, product combatants for chemical and bio-warfare, and hundreds of other vital tools.
Velocys is a product company of Battelle, cutting the cost of gathering the energy of 3 trillion cubic feet of globally stranded natural gas via conversion to easy-to-ship liquid gas.
Careers at Battelle : Find innovative and lucrative job opportunities with advancement at 1-800-201-2011 or Battelle, The Business of Innovation.
Columbus, Ohio, is the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $50 million Smart City Challenge. It will receive not only that money, but another $90 million from a local business coalition and a sizable portfolio of hardware, software and support services from technology companies.— http://www.govtech.com; 6/21/2016
The Arena District, Downtown Columbus
Columbus is attracting increasing numbers of Millennials to fill high tech jobs as of 2016. The city added over 24,000 new jobs in technologies between 2011 and 2015.
Columbus, Ohio In Franklin County, Central Ohio
New Tech Jobs and Business in Columbus
- 150 + Jobs - open positions | TechLife Ohio (Formerly TechLife Columbus) Columbus, Ohio
TechLifeOhio encourages our tribe to engage, energize, and innovate by: binding existing groups together; creating local online social spaces; organizing in person events; providing tools and mechanisms to become more informed and aware.
- Columbus, Ohio Proves It Is Most Intelligent City
Columbus Ohio was designated a Top 7 Smart City via the Intelligent Communities data gathered in 2013, and Number One in 2015. It is a sustainable Smarter City (2010), and Number One High Tech City in Ohio.
- Rev1 Ventures is a startup assisting company near the Ohio State University in Columbus. Its professionals advise entrepreneurs in a variety of ways, including how to raise capital. One arm of the company, Bunker Labs, was established to help US military veterans specifically in business startup processes. Bunker Labs and Rev1 are located at:
Rev1 Ventures: 1275 Kinnear Rd.; Columbus, Ohio 43212
Columbus Replica of Santa Maria Ship
Employment Trends Rising
Best Jobs in Columbus
The Top 20 Fastest Growing Jobs in Columbus and Central Ohio are offered by Insurance and Financial Products, the Healthcare Industry, Information Technology (IT), Management Analysis, and Skilled Occupations.
The Top 10 Employers in Columbus city and The Greater Columbus Metropolitan area that includes the city and Franklin County are the following companies. They tend to jockey for position, one with another, but consistently remain at the top of the list of highly successful businesses.
State of Ohio
- Doing business in Columbus and Ohio: Business
- Jobs and Careers with the State in Columbus: Employment
- Over 17,000 employees, including academic advisors, residence hall staff, counselors, and vast numbers of others, contribute to OSU. The diverse student body comes form every county in Ohio, every state in the USA, and from 125+ countries globally.
- "We're looking for a connection. We're looking for people with a variety of ideas, experience and natural talents who want their work to mean something. We offer a positive, inclusive work environment with competitive pay and benefits."
- Nationwide Insurance is a support of Nationwide Children's Hospital, formerly the Columbus Children's Hospital, with connections to The Ohio State University and its medical complex.
Additional High Tech Employers
- Cresttek LLC - Various aspects of engineering.
- Fast Switch Tech Recruiters
- Honda R & D of the Americas
- JP Morgan Chase
- Limited Brands
- Mount Carmel Health
- Ohio Health
Top 20 Fastest Growing Jobs
- Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
- Physician Assistants (PAs)
- Home Health Aides (HHAs)
- Medical Assistants
- Computer Software Apps Engineers
- Healthcare Practitioners & Technology Workers
- Database Administrators
- Computer Systems Software Engineers
- Dental Assistants
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
- Dental Hygienists
- Occupational Therapist Assistants
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Network and Computer Systems Administrators
- Paralegals and Legal Assistants
- Amusement and Recreation Attendants
- Loan Counselors
- Mainstream Preschool Teachers – reflects a growing population
- Life, Physical & Social Sciences Technicians
- Computer Systems Analysts
Snapshot: Growing Jobs in 2016 - 2017
The following companies are regularly posting additional job openings:
- Pacific Bells, Inc. - Large umbrella company that owns Taco Bell Restaurants.
- OhioHealth - Multi-hospital conglomerate.
- Ohio State University Medical Center - OSU
- JPMorgan Chase - Banking and financial products.
- Lowe's - DIY/home center
- CVS Health - Drug stores and general retail.
- Nationwide Children's Hospital
- Jordan Carriers - Trucking
- Mount Carmel Health - Faith-based hospital group
- McDonalds Restaurants
- Marco's Pizza and Marcos Franchising, LLC
- Giant Eagle, Inc. - Major grocery chain
Occupations Offering the Most Job Openings
While the Top 20 Jobs listed above are the fastest growing occupations in Columbus, Ohio overall, the following is a list of occupational titles that offer the highest total numbers of actual job openings every year. The Top 10 Jobs by numbers are:
- Building and Grounds Janitors and Maintenance
- Retail Salespersons
- Personal Care and Service Workers
- Customer Service Representatives
- Constructions Trades
- Food Prep & Service, including Fast Food
- Manual Laborers and Freight/Material Movers
- Office and Admin Support Jobs
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
- Home Health Aides (HHAs)
Attractions: American Bison
Great Sights in Columbus
- The Scioto Mile Riverfront Complex in Columbus OH
A mile of attractions on a redeveloped Columbus Downtown Riverfront. Day and night festivities all year long.
- Winter Wild Lights at the Columbus Zoo
As of November 19, 2010 the Wild Lights festival at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is officially 22 years old and increasing in size and variety of entertainment each year. Since 1988, this Christmas and Winter...
The First Wendy's Restaurant
Additional major Columbus, Ohio businesses that began in this city include the following famous names:
- The Limited,
- Wendy's International,
- Bank One (formerly City Nation, currently JP Morgan Chase),
- Worthington Industries,
- Longaberger Baskets,
- Cardinal Health,
- Scotts Company.
Among several global research institutions in Columbus, the city is headquarters to, Battelle Memorial Institute (where Xerography was invented) and Chemical Abstracts Service. Jeffrey Mining and Manufacturing operated for many decades, very active in WWII and thereafter in war equipment and mining machines. It is now the site of the State Of Ohio Library and decorated with photographs and exhibits from the former plants and offices of Jeffrey.
Sunday in the Park with George
University And College Activity In Columbus
Devry University at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Fifteen DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management students made Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi (Reference: http://newsroom.devry.edu/)
DeVry University - An upscale school of technology with facilities across the country, furnishing NASA and other firms with highly trained experts.
Major Colleges and Universities in Columbus
- Columbus State Community College (CSCC) - Beginning in the late 1960s as Columbus Business University in a store front on North High Street in Downtown Columbus, the CSCC campus is large and their 2-year programs trasnsfer seamless to Ohio State Uiversity 4-year degree studies. CSCC will soon offer its own 4-year degrees.
- Capital University - Top academics and football school adjacent to Trinity Lutheran Seminary.
- Otterbein University - Well respected school in the Westerville suburbs. New laboratories were added in 2016, including 3D printing.
- The Ohio State University - Engineering and Technology are expanding. See OSU Engineering Students produce Smart Cameras as they determine suspicious and lost people. Major campus renovations and several new housing structures have been added.
- Ohio Dominican University - Formerly Saint Marys of the Springs, this school is very active in community programs and summer youth training as well as higher academics.
- Franklin University - Excellent business school with expanding course offerings.
- Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) - Nationally recognized.
- Mount Carmel College of Nursing
- Trinity Lutheran Seminary - One of few Lutheran seminaries in America.
- Ohio State College of Barber Styling - Success in producing talented graduates for decades.
The Lane Avenue Bridge at OSU
New Business Information
New Business Openings
- Women's Clinic of Columbus - Free health care to women; an alternative to Planned Parenthood.
- Morse-Sunbury Roads Development - Another new shopping complex opened in 2016.
- Compass Data Centers - new 3,000 Square Foot center in New Albany at the edge of NE Columbus.
- Leigh’s Legacy Foundation - Begun in 2011 order to combat domestic violence.
- Laonei Global Trade Consulting - Founded 2012.
- Modern Male - Exclusive grooming studio for men.
- Peet's Coffee & Tea - Purchased several buildings during 2013 in Franklin County to open successful coffee shops.
- "The Men's Corner" at Kenny and Henderson Roads completed in 2013 - Boxing studio, male grooming salon, restaurant and bar & grill.
© 2007 Patty Inglish
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